F1000 Jan 29th 2012

share price rise

Time for the latest update on the fortunes of the two companies randomly selected at the end of 2011 as part of a graphene stocks and shares comparison with diamond.

In one corner we have CVD Equipment a specialist in designing, developing and manufacturing both standard and custom state-of-the-art equipment and process solutions used to develop and manufacture advanced solar, nano electronic components, materials and coatings for research and industrial applications. The company offers a broad range of chemical vapor deposition, gas control and other equipment that is used by our customers to research, design and manufacture semiconductors, solar cells, smart glass, carbon nanotubes, nanowires, LEDs, MEMS and industrial coatings, as well as equipment for surface mounting of components onto printed circuit boards. Graphene is at the heart of the company which is trailblazing its way in the nanotechnology market place.

61 shares were purchased at the beginning of the comparison for a total cost of $1000, the same shares are now trading at $13.42 and have a total value of $818.62. Although a clear loss of value CVD have actually been gaining in value recently following a low of $10.43 at the start of the year. If the steady rise since then continues it won’t be long before these start to show a profit.

To represent carbon’s old head of the family we chose a company called Paragon Diamond. On the back of some excellent results regarding the potential diamond find at the Motete mining region, Paragon has seen their share price rise considerably during the first month of the year.

3478 Paragon shares purchased last year for a cost of £1000 now have a trading price of 31p, giving the shares a total value of £1078.13.

With both companies share prices moving in the same direction it will be interesting to see over the coming months which one will win out.

F1000 Dec 18th

Two weeks have passed since I last looked at the fantasy investments in graphene and diamond. For those that don’t remember or weren’t paying attention, an imaginary sum of £1000 and $1000 was invested in two companies, Paragon Diamonds and CVD equipment. Both had shown sizeable loses in the first two weeks causing me to prophecy that a rebound in share price was on the way. The global markets have been hit hard in the intervening weeks, with Europe on the brink of collapse, but how have the new tech and its elder sister fared?

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F1000 Dec 4th

Another week has gone by and so it’s time to reassess the investments in graphene and diamond that were made at the outset of this blog. I say outset, but in effect the blog has only been running for the past two weeks so lets cut to the chase and see how a grands worth of shares have faired in the last fortnight.

Starting with Paragon Diamonds, 3478 shares were purchased in the hope that an increase in the price of diamond would prove graphene’s elder sister is still a commodity worth investing. After two weeks of very sluggish action the price is now 26.75p per share. An investment of £1000 has been mercilessly reduced to just £930, a further £30 loss on last week and not looking good for Christmas and the New Year.

But did graphene’s champion share CVD Equipment Corporation fare any better. An initial outlay of $1000 purchased 61 shares two weeks ago, and at a selling price of $14.49 the investment continues to plummet. Now worth $884 the shares have lost over one tenth of their value.

With CVD breaking through the lower Bollinger band I would expect the market to enact some kind of rebound upwards, and with the 3 month high at somewhere in the region of $18.50 I’m hoping for a complete turnaround. Let’s face it if the share price goes any further south I’ll be swimming with penguins.

F1000 Nov 28th

Its time for a bit of fun. Its the second week of the fantasy 1000 and time to see how the initial investments of £1000/$1000 have grown or diminished. Paragon Diamonds (LSE: PRG) and CVD Equipment Corporation (NASDAQ: CVV) were the selected investment; chosen largely on whim and with very little prior research. The two companies are meant to be indicative but I whole heartedly accept that little useful information will be obtained over the duration of the fantasy investment.

So, £1000 bought a total of 3478 shares in Paragon diamonds last week. Currently trading at 27.63p, the original investment would now be worth £960 – a loss of £40. Oh well, can’t win them all.

How well did CVD Equipment Corporation perform? Well $1000 purchased 61 shares last week, and at a current trading price of $15 the initial investment has slumped to $915. Oh well, it seems you can’t win at all. At least not this week anyhow.

Nov 20th 2011

To get things moving I thought a fantasy investment might help to show how investing in graphene will result in the kind of profits every investor hopes for. With this in mind I will follow an imaginary investment of £1000/$1000 in a graphene company and a diamond company and record how the initial share purchase swells in size. Diamonds may be a girl’s best friend but only time will tell if graphene is the better investment.

Firstly, for diamonds I have chosen a company called paragon diamonds (LSE: PRG). This company operates within Africa as a holding company of both producing and exploration assets within the diamond industry. It owns the established Konoma diamond mine in Sierra Leone and has licences to mine in West Africa and to explore in Tanzania. An estimated resource of 119000 carats has been  suggested for the mine in Sierra Leone.

The price of a single share in Paragon Diamonds cost 28.75p on 20/11/2011, so an initial investment of £1000 would buy a total of 3 478 shares.

For graphene I have chosen CVD Equipment Corporation, (NASDAQ: CVV) a company that is determined to invest in the graphene revolution and whose share price is already showing signs of reward for this strategy. The company is working in partnership with Graphene Labs at Colombia University and trades graphene online from graphene-supermarket.com.

I will provide a weekly update on the share price of each company and track how the investments compare. Next update, 27/11/2011

The price of a single share in CVD Equipment Corporation costs $16.44 on 20/11/2011, so an initial investment of $1000 would buy a total of  61 shares.

Now obviously a £ and a $ are not of equal value so we are not comparing like for like in terms of initial investment, however, because the rate of exchange will vary over time a direct conversion from one currency to another would be unnecessarily complex. What we aim to see is the percentage change resulting from the investment, or to put it more prosaically, whether the apple or the pear will grow the fastest. I anticipate that investing in graphene will, in time, produce the most dramatic results.